Book Recommendations and Formed

I continue my custom with some recommended reading for the year to come.

  1. The Power of Silence by Robert Cardinal Sarah
  2. The ‘One Thing’ is Three: How the Most Holy Trinity Explains Everything by Fr. Michael Gaitley
  3. The True Story of Fatima by Fr. John de Marchi, IMC
  4. Vision of Fatima by Fr. Thomas McGlynn, OP
  5. Fatima for Today: The Urgent Marian Message of Hope by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
  6. Continental Ambitions: Roman Catholics in North America – The Colonial Experience: Roman Catholics in North America – The Colonial Experience by Kevin Starr
  7. Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts that Continue to Shape our World by Brad S. Gregory
  8. Heroes and Heretics of the Reformation by Phillip Campbell

In addition to this short reading list, I want to continue encouraging the use of our online access to . We have now entered into our third year of access to the multitude of resources provided by Formed for the enrichment of our Catholic faith.  We now have about 100 parishioners signed up and the feedback I have received is uniformly positive. The content is now so vastly increased that it would be hard to exhaust. There is also greatly increased content in Spanish as well.

Once again, let me briefly explain how to sign up. Visit the website; click where it says ‘Register’; enter your email and parish access code (R6QJP6); then you will have to choose a password to complete your personal registration. Once your personal account is set up you have access, free of charge, to all the resources made available through

Apps for Formed are also available now for both IPhone an Adroid.

You will find that the resources are divided under four headings: Study, Watch, Listen, and Read.

Under Study you will find several subgroupings: ‘Faith Formation’, ‘Sacramental Preparation’, ‘Bible Studies’, ‘Current Topics’, ‘Youth’, ‘Español’. I would like to recommend the ‘Lectio’ series under ‘Bible Studies’, especially the one on prayer and the one on the Eucharist. Under ‘Current Topics’ Edward Sri’s ‘Who Am I to Judge?’ is truly worth watching.

Under the heading of Watch there are subheadings for movies, documentaries, apologetics, youth, and español. Looking back on the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima you might want to watch the movie “The 13th Day”.

The heading Listen has a sizeable of selection of audiobooks and under Read you can find a large number of eBooks that can be downloaded free to your Ereader.

All of this is free of charge to the parishioners, though it does cost the parish a modest annual subscription charge that is partially subsidized by the Diocese by means of the Bishop’s Appeal.



Fr. Joseph Levine graduated from Thomas Aquinas College and after a long journey was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Baker, Oregon. He currently serves as pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church in The Dalles on the Columbia River.

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